Voice Of Slinky Dog, Jim Varney, Dies

Jim Varney, the comic who most recently provided the voice of Slinky Dog in

TOY STORY and TOY STORY 2, died on Thursday, February 10, 2000 at his

Tennessee home of lung cancer. He was 50 years old. Best known for his

Ernest character in commercials, television and films, Varney also provided

voice over work for characters on the THE SIMPSONS. Varney was the star of

several Disney Ernest films, most notably ERNEST GOES TO CAMP and ERNEST

SAVES CHRISTMAS. Doctors diagnosed Varney with cancer in August 1998, and

within months it had spread to his brain. The disease appeared to be in

remission in late 1999, which allowed the actor to film the live-action

movie DADDY AND THEM starring Billy Bob Thorton.

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